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A goddess who restored the vision of a king

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great:Sri Gowmariamman at Veerapandi in Theni district.

Situated on the banks of the Mullaperiyar near Veerapandi, eight km from Theni, Sri Gowmariamman Temple was built by Pandiya King Veerapandian in 14th century.

According to the legend, King Veerapandian, who was ruling Madurai, had lost his vision. He worshipped the god to bless him. Responding to his prayer, the god appeared in his dream and advised him to go through the bank of the Vaigai to the Nimba Aranyam forest and worship Goddess Sri Gowmariamman to regain the vision. He prayed the Goddess and regained vision on one eye and prayed the Sri Kanneeswara Mudaiyar again, and regained vision on the second eye. To thank the god, the king constructed the temple.

The most important festival is annual Chithirai festival. The festival began with installation of holy post last month. Thereafter, special poojas were performed to the main deity for the past 21 days. The festival will formally begin on Tuesday. It will continue for the next eight days. Temple car festival will take place on May 14 and the eight-day festival will conclude on May 18.

K. Raju

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